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Rosemary MacCabe: Here’s what I know about pregnancy, 9 months in: Absolutely nothing


by Rosemary MacCabe
11th Oct 2021
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With an arrival day in sight, Rosemary MacCabe had expected all her reading and accumulated knowledge would have prepared her for the last 40 weeks. But, unlike the Leaving Cert, no amount of study could explain quite how hard it turned out to be

There are certain things in life that you can – to a certain extent, at least – prepare for. The Irish secondary school system drums this into you with a certain efficacy which, in hindsight, feels almost oppressive. Based on last year’s exam papers, we can predict that this Shakespeare play will come up; prepare to write an essay on the thematic structure of this novel, as last year’s essay was more focused on prose...

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